Modern Canadian Inorganic Chemistry

Modern Canadian Inorganic Chemistry

Polyhedron 108 (2016) 1 Contents lists available at ScienceDirect Polyhedron journal homepage: www.elsevier.com/locate/poly Preface Modern Canadia...

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Polyhedron 108 (2016) 1

Contents lists available at ScienceDirect

Polyhedron journal homepage: www.elsevier.com/locate/poly

Preface

Modern Canadian Inorganic Chemistry It is a pleasure for us to see the completion of this special issue of Polyhedron dedicated to modern inorganic chemistry in Canada. The past decade has brought significant changes to chemistry research in Canada, and to Canadians everywhere. Perhaps most noteworthy are the many excellent new researchers that have emerged as the next generation, and they offer a glimpse of what the future of inorganic chemistry will be in Canada for the decades to come. We are particularly pleased that Professor Richard J. Puddephatt, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Western Ontario, and Officer of the Order of Canada, has contributed to the special issue. Professor Puddephatt has represented inorganic chemistry in Canada for many years and it is an honour to publish his work in our journal. Motivation for this special issue comes from a personal perspective for one of us (ASV): ‘‘My entry into chemical research came about under the auspices of a fourth year undergraduate research project in the laboratories of James F. King at the University of Western Ontario in 1996–1997. I could not comprehend at the time how fortunate I was to have the opportunity to work in Professor King’s laboratories. That first taste of new discovery set forth a remarkable chain of events that finds me now, nearly 20 years later, as Professor of Chemistry at the University of

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Florida. Needless to say, my gratitude for the first-class education I received in Canada is beyond words. It is with that gratitude in mind that I wanted to create this special issue honoring the current inorganic chemistry research being conducted in Canada.” The most compelling aspect of the articles gathered within these pages is the extraordinary diversity of inorganic research being conducted across Canada. Even this small sampling for a special issue comprises topics spanning: coordination and organometallic chemistry; transition metal, lanthanide and main group chemistry; molecules, polymers, thin films and MOFs; studies by various spectroscopic and physical methods; and relevance to catalysis, medical applications, luminescent materials, single-molecule magnets, and many others. It is a collection of excellent papers, and we hope you enjoy reading them. Guest Editor Adam S. Veige University of Florida, United States George Christou Editor for the Americas and Australasia University of Florida, United States